Accomplice loses bid for day parole
GRANDE CACHE, Alta.—A man convicted of manslaughter for his role in the shooting deaths of four Alberta RCMP officers near Mayerthorpe has lost his bid for parole.
Shawn Hennessey, who is serving his sentence at the federal prison in Grande Cache in northwestern Alberta, was seeking day parole and unescorted absences.
He also gave Roszko a rifle and failed to warn RCMP that the man was seeking a showdown with police.
Hennessey, 32, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, but his jail time was reduced to a little more than 10 years because he pleaded guilty and spent time in pre-trial custody.
Doreen Jewell-Duffy, mother of slain constable Anthony Gordon, said in her written submission that the parole board should turn down Hennessey’s request.
“He needs to stay and serve his sentence,” she said this week before the hearing.
“He was the one who drove Roszko to the farm,” she noted. “He was the one who gave him the rifle and wiped it down. He was the one who wouldn’t phone.
“So I am blaming him. He should not get out.
“That is in my statement.”
Colleen Myrol, whose son, Brock, was another of Roszko’s victims, wrote a submission with her husband, Keith, that also asked that Hennessey remain in jail.
“We really believe that he needs to serve out his full sentence. It is too soon,” she said in a telephone interview this week.
“The four boys are not back with us nor will they ever be,” she added. “We have to teach responsibility in this life.
“It seems to be something that we don’t know how to do any more.”
The four officers were staking out a marijuana grow-op and auto chop shop that had been discovered on Roszko’s property when they were ambushed.
Roszko killed himself after being shot by another Mountie who had just arrived at the scene.
Hennessey was convicted along with his brother-in-law, Dennis Cheeseman, who was sentenced to 12 years but whose jail time worked out to just over seven years because of the credit he, too, received.
The two unsuccessfully asked the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada to shorten their sentences even more.
Their lawyers argued the punishment was vengeful and too severe.
The men said they feared for their own safety and that of their families if they didn’t help Roszko.
They were turned down at both court levels.
Last May, the parole board turned down Cheeseman’s request for day and full parole.